Natural DIY Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) Peel Recipe

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If you have ever heard of a facial "peel" you might squirm a little bit about the visualization of something literally peeling off your face. You might have had a professional chemical peel treatment before, maybe it was touted as an AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid), Glycolic Acid, or a MVP (Multi-vitamin) Peel.
Peels are designed to remove dead skin layers and reveal fresh skin underneath. Skin cell turnover rates are highest when we are babies (hence the baby soft skin), and get lower as we age. So, exfoliating the dead skin away can make our faces appear soft and more youthful. They are usually conducted in a series, meaning you come in weekly for 4-5 weeks to receive the same peel.

Avoiding chemical peels is advantageous to keeping healthy skin. The chemicals involved in many peels that are used may cause long-term damage to skin health, as the harsh ingredients also kill off the beneficial bacteria that helps keep skin balanced.

Natural peels however, that contain ONLY natural ingredients such as fruits, are most effective when freshly used. Today, I'm focusing on AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) peels, using two fruits that are high in alpha hydroxy acid, pineapple and lemon. The natural-occurring AHA helps to break down the bonds that hold dead skin cells together, sloughing off the dead skin, loosening dirt, makeup, and clearing out clogged pores for fresh clean skin.

DIY Pineapple & Lemon AHA Peel 
Cut up a pineapple and blend with a little water or coconut water.
Juice one lemon.
Combine 1 part pineapple "juice" with 1 part lemon "juice." Mix.
Combine with 1 part honey and mix into a paste.
Leave on 10-15 minutes. As Peel is working it's magic, it can be beneficial to lightly
massage face in small circular motions. After 10-15 minutes, rinse.
Follow with toner and moisturizer.

I hope you enjoy this easy, DIY Peel recipe. Have you tried a peel before? What was your experience? More fresh fun DIY peel recipes to come!

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